GOVT PLEDGES TO SPEED CARGO CLEARANCE AT TANZANIA’S MAIN PORT

DAR-ES-SALAAM, The Tanzanian government has pledged to address complaints raised by clearing and forwarding agents concerning alleged inaction by the Directorate of Maritime of the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) to address delays in clearing of cargoes at Dar-es-Salaam Port.

Minister for Works, Transport and Communication Prof Makame Mbarawa confirmed Tuesday that he had received the concerns from stakeholders at the port. The clearing agents forwarded their concerns to my office; I am still assessing their complaints before taking action on the said inaction by the directorate, he told the Daily News by telephone.

Prof Mbarawa said it was only after thorough assessment of the said indecision by the Ministry that the government would take appropriate action. Clearing and forwarding agents are up in arms over what they describe as unwarranted delays in clearing goods at Dar-es-Salaam Port, blaming the Directorate of Maritime at SUMATRA for not taking action to solve the problem.

the Secretary-General of Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association (TAFFA), Tony Swai, gad earlier stated that despite repeated complaints from port stakeholders to the directorate, the delays had continued to haunt the industry.

For instance, it takes up to five hours to obtain proforma invoice from the Tanzania International Container Terminal (TICTS) and additional four hours for clearing agents to make payments before they are issued with invoice and receipts. As if that is not enough, the agents are subjected to additional five hours to obtain a permit to load containers; we have complained to the directorate but nothing has been done, Swai said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK